Outfit: spring gingham country casuals

So… it’s officially spring now. I have to say, I’m not sad to see the back of winter clothing. I know there’s no rule saying ‘thou must wear dark colours’, but still, that’s mostly what I seem to find myself in during the colder months. I certainly never wear gingham when it’s not warm – perhaps because it’s so deeply associated in my subconscious with summer school uniform… And also the time I found a huge spider on the bottom of said summer school uniform, unfortunately while I was wearing it. I can’t think of gingham now without thinking about that spider, which remains to this day the largest spider I have ever seen (admittedly this may have been influenced by the fact I was about 9 at the time and it was probably as big as me).

So these gingham jeans I picked up last summer haven’t even featured here yet – although not because I’m still traumatised from the spider incident (mind you, I am), but because I ran out of time to snap them and also because I hadn’t really worked out how to style them. You see, as lovely as they are, they’re not the world’s best quality being from Primark and about a week after I got them the waistband had stretched so much they weren’t the high-waisted lovelies they were when I got them. In fact, while these jeans looked initially like high-waisted full-lengths on me, I suspect they’re meant to be average-rise capris on the rest of humanity, so it’s probably not entirely their fault. This would explain why they don’t even look like the same jeans onΒ PorcelinaΒ – but hey, who said I wanted capris anyway? And at least the length didn’t stretch too, eh? In fact, when it comes to trousers, these fit the best in length of all the pairs I own – the irony. This and the baggy waist issues aside, they were still what I was determined to wear on the first day of spring (which is when these photos were taken) while in the beautiful rural Peak District for a few days. Even if I did have to go and change having swiftly realised I was wholly too optimistic for open-toed shoes and only one layer of knitwear this soon into the season – the British wind had other ideas about that.

Anyway, Porcelina paired hers with pink, which I love with the light blue, but obviously can’t do the same as that would be embarrassing – one of our blog posts would have to go home and get changed. Fortunately my current mint green obsession was at hand. Remember how I get obsessed with one thing when there’s a whole world of fashion out there (just look at the number of outfits that had plaid in them from this past winter)? Yeah, that. So far I’ve got a mint green cardigan, shoes, skirt, t-shirt and plans for a bag as soon as I can find one I like. I’m not even sure it’ll stop there. And while I’ve always had the ‘blue and green should never be seen’ mantra in my head when it comes to putting them together, I’ve decided now I’ve been living a lie as clearly pastel blue and mint green are made for each other. I’m not even sure where I got that saying from anyway, so it’s a mystery why I’ve stuck to it religiously for my entire life…
Oh and also to draw your attention to the cute cardigan clips I’m wearing here. I didn’t even realise modern brands were producing these and thought they were entirely the property of vintage shops, but turns out that Eternal Collection have a range that is particularly good for sparklies (from which they kindly sent me the one featured here). I can’t resist the little pearls and think they almost look like a little necklace. Very cute and really does help keep an open cardigan looking smart – a nice subtle ‘vintage’ touch to this outfit even if they’re brand new!
Vintage inspired spring outfit with gingham pants and mint green


Sweater / cardigan clip from Eternal Collection
Vintage inspired spring outfit with gingham pants and mint green


Sweater / cardigan clip from Eternal Collection
Vintage inspired spring outfit with gingham pants and mint green


BAIT Halina peep-toe shoes in mint green


Vintage inspired spring outfit with gingham pants and mint green


Sweater / cardigan clip from Eternal Collection


Half up-do baby beehive


Vintage inspired spring outfit with gingham pants and mint green
Cardigan: Hell Bunny via Amazon
Cardigan clips: c/o Eternal Collection
Top: Collectif (similar)
Jeans: Primark (similar)
Shoes: BAIT (US, UK)
Oh and PS, Bloglovin is still driving me nuts. I think they moved everyone to my new blog but didn’t delete the old one (other than from my own profile), so I think everyone’s going to get duplicate posts every time I put one up. Sorry about that if so – do unfollow the old one!! And also, depressingly, my follower count is still showing as 7 regardless, so that’s fun. I have to say I’ve not found this part of the domain change great when everything else went surprisingly smoothly – a word of warning for anyone else about to attempt it. EDIT: This has just been fixed – problems over!



  1. March 25, 2015 / 1:56 pm

    Sorry about the 'testing' message, I have a bit of a bug in my blogger which means sometimes the first comment I leave after I've logged in doesn't register. I just left a long one and it disappeared, so I tried again with the 'testing' before attempting more typing..

    Anyway, on to your gloriously Spring-like outfit! Mint and pale blue – a classic combination, and quite the '50s one, so I can't believe I've never tried it. It looks great, and I think a lot better than with pink (thanks for the link!). The peep-toe shoes are adorable, and I admire your bravery in bare toes before April!

    Talking of having the same trousers, I've recently realised that we have the SAME COAT!! You posted about the beret, brooch and trench – and I have twigged that I have that coat in black. It's so funny how we have a few of the same items, yet are so different!

    Cute cardi-clips too, another item I don't own.

    Have a super week! I hope this publishes now and I don't have to retype!!


    P.S. You're doing better than me with followers post-move – I think I only have 5 now!!

    • March 25, 2015 / 2:01 pm

      Ha, no worries! It made me laugh. If I was kind I'd delete it… but it makes me smile so I might leave it there, hehe.

      You know me – can't leave the 50s alone! The peep toe shoes I'll probably write more about another time but are another sizing fail – even though I ordered them from the UK this time. D'oh! And also wearing them was stupidity rather than bravery!!

      That's so funny we have the same coat – great minds! Even though we have the same things they look completely different on us, so I think we'll get away with it πŸ˜‰

      And on Bloglovin' – race you to 10 :D! xx

  2. March 25, 2015 / 2:04 pm

    No one told me it was possible to buy Bait shoes in the UK – eep!! This could be a dangerous thing to know now…!
    Nevertheless, lovely outfit – I'm loving the gingham jeans. I agree with you on the whole gingham in summer thing – no matter how much I'd like to wear gingham during the winter months, it just doesn't feel quite right in my head. The same with tartan in the summer! Fortunately I have no terrifying spider incidents to back up my gingham worries though πŸ˜€
    Sian xx Rebel Angel

    • March 26, 2015 / 1:35 pm

      It is possible to buy BAIT in the UK, but it's really hit and miss because the shops that stock them one season might not do it the next… But my tip is Campbell Crafts seems to be taking some of the new summer range, among other gorgeous shoes here: http://campbell-crafts.com/section/64/footwear

      Agree – tartan in the summer is exactly the same as gingham in the winter! xx

  3. March 25, 2015 / 4:54 pm

    Blue and green is one of my favorite color combinations! I've never heard that saying before. I think these pieces look wonderful together. The gingham pants are super cute. It sucks that the quality wasn't so great. They look like they'd be wonderful to style all through the spring.

    Jamie | PetitePanoply.com

    • March 26, 2015 / 1:36 pm

      I'm now starting to wonder if I made the saying up… but I'm sure I didn't! I just can't remember where I got it from. It's probably a British thing πŸ˜‰ They'd be better to style if I wasn't worried about them falling down all the time, but I've just read about a 'magic button' on Amber's blog (foreveramber.co.uk) so I'm going to investigate that now…

  4. March 25, 2015 / 8:11 pm

    I am mint green-obsessed right now too, in fact I've just ordered my first ever car in that colour!

  5. March 25, 2015 / 9:12 pm

    Great minds think alike – I was also inspired by Porcelina to get these jeans, although the blue had sold out by then, so I had to settle for the black and white version, which aren't as nice (and kind of make my legs look like sausages if I'm being completely honest). I absolutely love them with the mint green cardigan, and those shoes! So pretty!

    • March 26, 2015 / 1:38 pm

      I *knew* I'd seen you in the black ones. I tried to find the post to link to you too for ages and couldn't – missed opportunity! I don't think your legs could ever look like sausages :p

  6. March 25, 2015 / 11:27 pm

    Blue. Gingham. Pants.
    Woman, you have no idea how much time I spent dreaming about finding something like this last summer. I'm so jealous!
    They look really fabulous on you. I love the delicate styling – the mint and floral cardigan and the pretty blue shoes work so well with the gingham, amping up all the spring girlishness. You are like a fashion Easter Egg, in the best possible way.
    Zella Maybe

    • March 26, 2015 / 10:56 am

      A "Fashion Easter Egg" – brilliant description Jessica!!

    • March 26, 2015 / 1:39 pm

      Fashion Easter Egg. I think that tops any other compliment I'm going to get all year – cheers Jessica πŸ˜‰

  7. March 26, 2015 / 6:11 am

    hello,Ciao CiCi,
    W the Spring-like outfit !
    well even if the sky there look a bit of foggy…but…Your outfit bring the Sunshine! this outfit of Yours is great:lovely combo of pasel colours,stunning hair-style that make You an powerfull aura,pretty Shoes…great look!
    happy & stylish Spring

    • March 26, 2015 / 1:40 pm

      It was very foggy – good spot! I was hoping for blue skies and sun… it didn't quite turn out that way – the UK's crafty like that! Thanks for your sweet comment πŸ™‚

  8. March 26, 2015 / 1:53 pm

    Dang! You look amazing! I love the whole outfit and those peep toed shoes are to die for even if it was a wee bit too cold out there for you. Ha ha! I too have a tramatic experience with a coach purse I had bought 2nd hand mind you… I had it shipped to me and when I opened it up a HUGE roach came out and it was still alive!!! I screamed my head off and threw the purse outside for my husband to deal with (killing the roach) and am still afraid to use it!!! Ha ha. I call it my roach purse now instead of a coach purse. You see what I did there? Lol.

    • March 27, 2015 / 1:13 pm

      Well… now I'm scared of all bags!! x

  9. March 26, 2015 / 4:51 pm

    Oh how much do I LOVE this outfit? Ummm…since I've posted to my FB page and Pinterest quite a bit!

    Love every piece of it. Truly smashing!

    One of my favourites of yours.


    • March 27, 2015 / 1:14 pm

      Ha, thanks Suzanne! πŸ™‚

  10. March 26, 2015 / 8:19 pm

    I love this outfit! Sea foam/mint is my FAVORITE color in the world, and you've done it beautifully!
    (I found your blog via Chronically Vintage, and I'll be following now!)

    • March 27, 2015 / 1:14 pm

      Completely agree on mint being amazing – and weirdly, it goes with so much more than you think it will; it's almost like beige or something! Glad you found me – I found you through CV when your interview went up πŸ™‚

  11. March 27, 2015 / 12:49 am

    Ooo! I love those gingham jeans! So, so adorable.
    I'm a shortie too so pedal pushers end up being the perfect length for me too!
    Great interview on CV, by the way. I just loved it! πŸ˜€

    ~Michelle ^_^

    • March 27, 2015 / 1:15 pm

      It's a great thing to remember isn't it… although if you actually want pedal pushers it's a bit tough! And thank you on your kind interview comment πŸ˜€

  12. March 27, 2015 / 9:02 am

    Splendidly pretty ensemble! Your love of mint/sea green is bolstering my own passion for this classic, cheerful colour all the more. I think my 80s does 40s/50s mint green dress may need to come out for a second outfit post again this spring! πŸ™‚

    Big hugs,
    β™₯ Jessica

    • March 27, 2015 / 1:15 pm

      I would love to see that, I definitely think it should πŸ™‚ x

  13. March 27, 2015 / 1:59 pm

    Love the outfit, it oozes spring! We had a brand new blanket of snow last night and my daffodils( although not blooming yet) are not thrilled. So bring on the happy spring outfits it cheers me up from having to deal with more FRIGGIN' SNOW!!!
    Phew ok.. much calmer now. I had a mint green and peach thing going on a couple of years ago and this year its red. Weird because I usually like to dress with the seasons. Maybe this snow thing is throwing me off and my brain still thinks its Christmas. Blah.

    • March 28, 2015 / 2:36 pm

      Ugh no – not snow! It's not ok for it to still be snowing in pretty much April! Mint green and peach… I hadn't thought of that but I can picture it working! Mint green and pink would be super cute too… oh wait, that's virtually my blog colours! πŸ˜‰

  14. March 27, 2015 / 5:27 pm

    You look absolutely marvelous! I'm in love with your style. πŸ™‚ So I'm going to follow your blog πŸ˜€
    x Angela // the-style-doll.blogspot.com

  15. March 28, 2015 / 10:17 pm

    Wow this outfit is simply stunning and I love the way you've accessorised it and co-ordinated the different pastel shades. I never even knew there was such a thing as cardigan clips, but thank goodness you've enlightened me as that's the sort of thing one should really know!

    I especially like the bouffant-y hair in this post, and you've achieved the perfect winged eyeliner too, which is no mean feat!

    Saba x


    • March 30, 2015 / 12:43 pm

      Thanks, Saba πŸ™‚ and the mini bouffant is my default hair when I want to wear it down but the wind has other ideas! x

  16. March 29, 2015 / 8:21 am

    Wow those pants are so lovely☺ It made me laugh how they look like capris on Porcelina (I guess that's how they should), while on you they are full length! Also I LOVED your shoes! I buy BAIT sometimes but mostly via modcloth, because their website's shipping fee to Israel is very high (25$)


    • March 30, 2015 / 12:44 pm

      A lot of things don't look the right length on my short legs!! Yes, Modcloth is a great option for BAIT – only problem is their insistence on not calling styles by their actual names making it annoying to find them!

  17. March 30, 2015 / 3:28 pm

    Your style is gorgeous, I love this outfit! The mint green looks so pretty on you! <3

  18. March 31, 2015 / 1:31 am

    This outfit is so perfect Cici ~ I adore the colour palette and the gingham pants! *drool* So, so awesome! Plus, the cardigan with the embroidery and the pearl cardigan clips… Yeah, why can't I have this outfit in my wardrobe?? πŸ˜€ ❀

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

    • March 31, 2015 / 12:45 pm

      Thanks, Bonita! The cardigan clips were just the right touch of vintage I think πŸ™‚ x

  19. April 1, 2015 / 1:17 am

    Just discovered your lovely blog…being a blogger myself I know about all the hard work that goes even into simple posts…from what I can see it is paying off.
    I love your modern vintage style, after several years of health getting in my way, I am re discovering my own love of a similar style, having once dressed all in vintage, then going rockabilly, taking modern pieces, adding in some vintage touches seems to just the right mix, so will be following your fashion ques for inspiration.

    • April 1, 2015 / 12:33 pm

      Thanks, Stephanie – I really appreciate the comment on the hard work. I do spend a while putting each of my posts together, so it makes me really happy whenever someone spots that!

      Glad if I can help any inspiration whatsoever as you explore your style πŸ™‚ from the looks of your blog though you don't need many pointers!

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